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5th BFI Future Film Festival is underway…

The 5th annual BFI Future Film Festival is now underway at the BFI Southbank, with a full programme of film-related events and masterclasses for 15-25 year-old film enthusiasts.

Highlights this weekend include:


Animation and Fiction short films –  p.s. you’ve missed this one, sorry
Eraserhead (part of our first features strand) – and this one too
BAFTA presents: Short Attention Span – how to make your short stand out
Music Video Masterclass with Ideastap
Making your first Micro-feature
BAFTA: Mastering Your Craft – Producing
Visual Effects workshop
Short Film Funding networking
Blogging workshops
StarNow: Casting & Audition Website Drop-In Session


Future Film Awards – Documentary short films
Making your first independent feature
Classic Special Preview – Laura
Film Critic Masterclass with Little White Lies
Animation Storyboarding workshop
Screenwriting: Crimes and Misdemeanours with Scriptfactory
Screenwriting: What’s the Big Idea? Renewal and Rehabilitation with Scriptfactory
Routes to success – Online v Offline debate
Documentary Pitching Masterclass and live Pitch
Blogging workshops
StarNow: Casting & Audition Website Drop-In Session

Tickets are £5 for a one day pass for 15-18 year olds and £10 for a one day pass for 19-25 year olds. If you’re reading this now and don’t live too far away, a weekend pass is still worth your while. Weekend passes are available at the Box Office, priced at £8 for 15-18 year olds and £15 for 19-25 year olds.

Please note that it’s not possible to book for individual sessions – ticket holders must register for sessions they’d like to attend on the day. There are limited places for each session.

Plus, I’d be literally crazy if I didn’t take this opportunity to plug my own drop-in blogging workshop sessions, where I’ll give an introduction to blogging, dispense some (hopefully sound) advice, and furnish you with a handout.

Hey! Wha’happen?

You might have noticed PPH has been a bit quiet recently; this lack of activity can be attributed to a nasty combination of extreme business in other areas and le flu d’homme (translation: quite a bad cold that won’t go away).

However, PPH will return with exciting new content next week, and I’m also excited to say that we (by which I mean, I) will be present in my Permanent Plastic guise at the 5th BFI Future Film Festival next weekend (18-19 February) running blogging workshops. More information will follow, but it would be great to see you down there at London’s BFI Southbank, so mark it in your diaries!

In the meantime, I’ll leave you with this amazingly, ridiculously brilliant clip from the unsung comedy genius Fred Willard in Christopher Guest’s A Mighty Wind. “I CAN’T DO MY WERRRK!”

BFI Future Film Festival – The Winning Pitch Competition

18-19 February 2012 @ BFI Southbank

The 5th BFI Future Film Festival takes place at the BFI Southbank across the weekend of 18-19 February, and I thought I’d take this opportunity to promote the amazing competition that they’re running, aimed at budding young filmmakers.

Over to the guys at FFF:

As part of this year’s Future Film Festival, Doc Next Network is hosting the Pitching Masterclass with an industry professional. Before the event, we’re asking you to send us a 140 character pitch for a documentary you’d like to make, either by Twitter @BFI with the hashtag #FFPitch, or in an email to futurefilminstitute@bfi.org.uk by Wednesday 8 February.

We will then select six finalists, who will be invited to the Festival and given a free weekend pass. These finalists will have to pitch live at the end of the masterclass, and The Winning Pitch will get the opportunity to go to a filmmaking workshop with one of our partners in Amsterdam, Spain, Poland or Turkey, expenses paid!

Terms & Conditions
• To enter the competition you must be aged 15-25 years old
• Travel to the Festival is not included
• You must be able to attend the Pitching Masterclass on Sunday 19 February at BFI Southbank
• Deadline for entries is Wednesday 8 February
• Winners will be notified on Monday 13 February
• Expenses will be paid up to a value of £500

So get involved, and good luck!